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Good News: Early Trend Of Decline In Daily COVID Cases & Deaths, Says Govt

New Delhi: In heartening news that the devastating second wave of COVID-19 may be on the wane in the country, the government on Tuesday said there is an early trend of decline in daily new cases and deaths.

According to the government, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Chhattisgarh were among the 18 states and union territories showing continued plateauing or decrease in daily new COVID-19 cases, a senior official told the media on Tuesday.

The official, however, added that Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Punjab were among the 16 states and union territories showing continued increasing trend in daily new COVID-19 cases.

Thirteen states have more than 1 lakh active COVID-19 cases each and 26 states have a positivity rate of over 15 per cent, the government said.

India has been reeling under a calamitous second wave of the coronavirus infection. However, the daily numbers of deaths and infections have started to go down.

New cases of coronavirus in India fell to 3.29 lakh after 14 days, taking the infection tally to 2,29,92,517, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

A total of 3,29,942 infections were reported in a span of 24 hours, while the death toll climbed to 2,49,992 with 3,876 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

After registering a steady rise for two months, the active cases have reduced to 37,15,221, accounting for 16.16 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 82.75 per cent, news agency PTI reported.